Ruth Vanita

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Ruth Vanita (1955-) is an Indian academic, activist and author who specializes in lesbian and gay studies, gender studies, British and South Asian literary history.

In 1978 in Delhi, Vanita co-founded A Journal about Women and Society, a journal that combined academic research and grassroots activism. She was also its co-editor from 1979 to 1990. She was a reader at Miranda House, University of Delhi and in the English Department at the University of Delhi and now is Professor at the University of Montana. She is the author of several books, and many literary translations. She has also published many articles on Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, and Indian literature in journals such as Shakespeare Survey, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Comparative Drama, Postcolonial Studies, GLQ and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.


  • Ayyar, Raj. (2001-03-05). "". GayToday. Retrieved on 2007-07-11.
  • "Gay historians: Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai," QueerIndia, March 5, 2005

Major publications

  • Co-edited with Madhu Kishwar, "In Search of Answers: Indian Women’s Voices from Manushi" (London: Zed Books, 1984, revised edition Horizon Books, Delhi, 1991).
  • Vanita, Ruth, A Play of Light: Selected Poems (Penguin India, 1994)
  • Vanita, Ruth, Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996)
  • Vanita, Ruth and Saleem Kidwai (eds.) (2000) Same-Sex love in India:...... ...
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